Sulphur Springs lands four players on 11-4A A-D team
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 14, 2006 - Sulphur Springs landed four girls on the 11-4A All-District volleyball team, including one superlative award and one First Team selection.

Sophomore outside hitter Mackenzie Cross was named Newcomer of the Year, while senior middle blocker Kayla Morgan was awarded the First Team selection.

On Second Team from Sulphur Springs were senior setter Jordan Anderson and senior outside hitter Kristen McDonald.

The awards were voted on last week by the district's coaches.

Cross was selected because of her prowess at blocking and hitting, said SSHS head coach Christi Funk. This is her second Newcomer of the Year selection - she was the district basketball NOTY as a freshman.

She shared the award with Texas High freshman Taylor Robnett.

Morgan, also has been named All-District multiple times. In addition to her award this year, she was the district's Most Valuable Blocker as a junior and a Second Team selection as a sophomore.

Morgan earned her votes with her blocks at the net and her kills, Funk said. She was also one of the team's most consistent servers.

McDonald was an Honorable Mention choice as a junior, and she was named Second Team this year because of her powerful spikes on the front row and her active digs on the back row.

Anderson, a first-year varsity player, was the team's starting setter. She had "the prettiest hands in the district," Funk said, referring to her ability to accurately set the ball.

North Lamar, Lindale and Paris, the top three teams in the district, dominated the superlative selections.

Paris junior Angela Robinson won the district's Most Valuable Player award at middle blocker. North Lamar juniors Logan Anglin and Emily Fouse were co-Most Valuable Hitters, while NL sophomore Erin McGregor was the district's Most Valuable Defender.

Lindale had two other superlative awards: senior Hannah Finch won Most Valuable Setter, while junior Whitney Binder was the district's Most Valuable Blocker.

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